Learning Environments & Curriculum

International Talk like a Pirate Day

So how do pirates talk? Today is a day to have fun with the kids and the other teachers. Let parents know ahead of time and dress up like a pirate.

Practice your pirate vocabulary ahead of time so you can teach your class, Pirate Speak.  Here are some words with their translations:

  • Ahoy – Hello
  • Aye – Yes I agree
  • Arrr (not Argh) – can mean anything! Yes, I agree, I’m happy, this is fun…
  • briny deep – the ocean
  • Cap’n – Captain
  • Scurvy – what you call someone you don’t like
  • Ye or Yer – pretty much means you
  • Note – drop the g in words with ing – “you havin’ fun with this are ye?” “Aye!”





Here are a few books to use on this Yo Ho Ho of a day!

How do pirates capture a ship? How do they entertain themselves? A whole guidebook on pirates!
A fun book about pirates’ underwear (a topic that brings laughter to nearly every kid!)
“Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.” A fun book and one of my personal favorites!
the Cap’n and his crew need to find the whole alphabet. An adventure for all your mateys!
Princess Bea loves pirates. Cap’n Jack invites her to sail but gives here all the chores. A great story of girl power on the open seas!
Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by [Dean, James]
No book list is complete without Pete! Pete the cat discovers a treasure map and sets out to find the loot!

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